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  • Friends of Dana-Farber

    Friendships are one of life’s most powerful relationships, shown to boost happiness, improve self-confidence, and help people cope with traumas, including illnesses like cancer. The Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have funded powerful cancer research at Dana-Farber since 1976, raising more than $30 million to fuel promising research, care, and support programs across all treatment centers. From support for Friends’ Place, the Dana-Farber Chapel, and the art program, to providing funding for the mammography van and the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Blood Mobile, the traveling extension of the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center, the Power of Friends is everywhere.

    To join the Friends, an all-volunteer community of more than 1,200 vibrant members, or get involved in an upcoming event, please call 617-632-3021 or email


    Recent Events

    Dinner and Late Night with Friends
    April 7, 2017

    The Friends and host chef Jeremy Sewall raised funds for innovative research and patient care at Dana-Farber at the Hotel Commonwealth and the Hawthorne on April 7. The two-part event featured an interactive dinner with celebrity chefs including Jody Adams, Tiffani Faison, Andy Husbands, William Kovel, Michael Schlow, and Jasper White

    Dancing for a Cure
    February 4, 2017

    More than 500 dancers raised $24,000 for breast and ovarian cancer research at Dana-Farber at the seventh annual Dancing for a Cure fundraiser, held February 4, 2017, in Mashpee, MA. The fundraiser, which features a 5K dance marathon, was created by Susan Mendoza Friedman of the Friends of Dana-Farber in honor of her friend Karen Schek, who was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer at 51. Visit for more information.

    Saks "Key to the Cure" 2016 Style Your Story
    October 27, 2016

    Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with the Friends of Dana-Farber to present the annual nationwide "Key To The Cure" initiative to fight women's cancers. For one weekend in October, Saks donateed two percent of all clothing sales to the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers. The Friends also hosted a cocktail event on October 27 at Saks Fifth Avenue Boston to showcase the stories and lifestyles of prominent supporters of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    Fashion Gives Back
    October 6, 2016

    Attendees joined Jenny Johnson, two-time Emmy Award winner and co-host of NESN Dining Playbook, at South Shore Plaza on October 6, 2016, for Fashion Gives Back, a runway show and party benefiting the Friends. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails and culinary delights, and viewed the hottest fall fashions from Nordstrom and other premier brands, while supporting cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber.

    RISE: An Evening to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Friends and the Power of Leadership
    May 20, 2016

    The Friends celebrated 40 years and honored Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh for his leadership at RISE, the organization’s annual gala. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker also joined the Friends in recognizing Dana-Farber President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr., MD, for his 16 years at the helm of Dana-Farber. The event raised more than $420,000 for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber.

    Chefs Cooking for Hope
    March 3, 2016

    The 18th annual "Chefs Cooking for Hope" event featured delicious food, signature cocktails, and specialty wine and beers from more than 30 of Boston's top restaurant and wine establishments.

    For more information on Friends’ events, please call 617-632-3021 or email

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